Ex-town councilor killed over drug link

SAN JUAN, La Union – A former member of the Sangguniang Bayan here was shot dead by unidentified assailants while drinking liquor in front of a sari-sari store in Barangay Ili Sur here at around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the victim, identified as Pocholo Aquino, a resident of Ili Sur, was allegedly killed in connection with the illegal drug activity.

Aquino is the number one in the town’s list of illegal drug personalities and considered as high value target by the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his head and body from a calibre 45 and was rushed to the Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando City but was declared dead on arrival.

Initial investigation showed that the gunmen suddenly appeared while Aquino was drinking and shot him several times.

The suspects fled on board a motorcycle towards west direction. Jun Elias and William Jun Garcia with Erwin Beleo/northboundasia.com